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Book Launch: The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson in conversation with Josh Ritter
Nov 10, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| $30
Join Rainn Wilson for the launch of his new book, The Bassoon King, and a conversation with Josh Ritter, one of Paste Magazine’s 100 greatest living songwriters. This event is ticketed, and a copy of the book is included in the ticket value.
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About The Bassoon King:
Long celebrated for his quirky, comedic talent—particularly as everyone’s favorite work nemesis and beet farmer Dwight Schrute on the blockbuster show The Office—Rainn is also known for being the founder of the popular website and media company Soulpancake.com, which went on to become a bestselling book of the same name, and among many other accomplishments, discovered and nurtured the internet phenomenon “Kid President.”
From the very beginning, Rainn (the real first name given to him by his hippie parents) had well-established nerd cred—and not the commercially acceptable kind celebrated by today’s entertainment industry. In school, he was a member of the chess team, Model United Nations, computer club, pottery club, and played bassoon in the orchestra—after his band teacher pulled a fast one and convinced Rainn it was cooler than playing the saxophone. Outside of school he played Dungeons and Dragons and attended NorWesCon, a yearly sci-fi convention in western Washington.
The Bassoon King chronicles Rainn’s journey from nerd to drama geek, his years of mild debauchery and struggles as a young actor in the drug-fueled 1980’s New York City, and how he landed the defining role of his career on The Office. As soon as he was cast, Rainn knew he was about to receive “the worst haircut of my entire life”—and he knew the show had the potential to be huge. The Bassoon King details his many adventures and insights behind the scenes of the show’s epic nine-season run.
Rainn also opens up about becoming a husband and father (“of all the adventures Holiday and I have had, the most horrific and transcendent was the birth of our son Walter in 2004”), and finally, his achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, reconnecting with the artistic and creative values of the Baha’i faith he grew up in.